Jessica Handler to speak about “Writing the Tough Stuff”

Jessica Handler, author of  “Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss” will be speaking at Grady College on April 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Drewry Room.

Handler’s talk, “Writing the Tough Stuff,” will guide students through the difficulties surrounding sensitive topics such as grief and loss. Lunch will be provided by the Department of Journalism, and the Health and Medical Journalism graduate program. Additionally, Handler will have copies of her books available for purchase.

Handler’s writing career took off after the publishing of her first book, “Invisible Sisters: A Memoir,” which was featured on the list of “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read.” Her nonfiction has appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post and More Magazine.

Throughout her career, Handler has received many honors, including residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, a 2010 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writers Center, the 2009 Peter Taylor Nonfiction Fellowship, and special mention for a 2008 Pushcart Prize.

She currently teaches creative writing in Atlanta and gives her “Writing the Tough Stuff” lecture nationally. For more information visit

Date: April 8, 2014
Author:  Sarah Freeman
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